Hindustan Motors will launch the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUV’s automatic variant during autumn 2014. This official announcement is in line with CarToq’s scoop detailing the same, many months ago. In India, the autumn months range between October and November. In other parts of the world though, the Autumnal index begins from late September. Therefore, confusion reigns over the exact launch time frame for the automatic variant of the Pajero Sport.
Considering the Indian car market, expect the Pajero Sport Automatic to be launched here during the festive season, a time when car purchases are at their yearly highest. The Pajero Sport Automatic SUV will compete with the automatic variants of the market leader Toyota Fortuner. The lack of an automatic gearbox variant has been a major handicap for the Pajero Sport and the addition of an automatic variant to the SUV’s line up is likely to boost sales of this SUV.
The automatic variant of the Pajero Sport will retain the 2.5 liter turbo diesel engine that outputs 176 Bhp-400 Nm. This engine will be mated to a 5 speed INVECS II gearbox with Sportronic (manual) mode. INVECS refers to Mitsubishi’s Adaptive Shift Control technology that monitors the driver’s driving habits and shifts accordingly. For instance, the INVECS automatic transmission will effect faster gear shifts if its finds that the driver is driving hard and will effect slower gearshifts under relaxed driving.
CarToq sources in the know have informed us that the Pajero Sport Automatic has already arrived at the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) for homologation. The automatic version of the Pajero Sport will be assembled through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route at Hindustan Motors’ Tiruvallur factory. The automatic variant is likely to be priced at 25 lakh rupees, a lakh higher than the equivalent manual gearbox equipped variant. We expect the shift-on-the-fly 4 wheel drive system to be standard fare on the automatic variant as well.